Friday, April 24, 2015

flutter + edge

pink silk top asymmetric hem drape jolt black pants cargo pants teacher style
silk top, Off Fifth
Jolt pants, Macy's 
Fossil key necklace, Nordstrom Rack
pendant, craft fair
       I'm still learning to like blush pink, but I really like all the details of this top - the fluttery asymmetric hem and the pretty drape. I've always wanted to pair it with my skinny cargo pants - I thought the soft top might contrast nicely with the zippers and snaps.
layered necklaces pink silk top drape teacher style
      My classroom has an extra splash of pink this week, thanks to the lovely flowers shown below.
 My school celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day last Friday and one of my students brought me these two plants. I also got a card with thoughtful, encouraging comments that reminded me of why I wanted to become a teacher.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

triumph and citrus

  Splendid top, Nordstrom Rack (old)
Calvin Klein straight-leg jeans, Ross
yellow glass pendant, gift
           I've owned this top for years, but have never worn it much because it just doesn't work with a regular bra. A strapless bra would have worked, but was not a comfortable option -- I try to avoid wearing strapless bras at all costs.
          It was with great excitement that I realized that this bra would layer perfectly under the top. I'm looking forward to wearing this top more often, not that I've finally figured out the undergarment issue.
        Yellow has been one of the colors I've been drawn to the most this year. Like this top, this pendant has been largely neglected, but I've been making up for it lately. I tend to wear accessories in streaks -- which makes purging my closet tricky, because who knows when that pretty thing I never wear will become my go-to accessory?
       I just flipped through the calendar and counted the remaining days of the school year: 35. It seems like too much and too little all at once: too much time before summer vacation, and too little to accomplish everything that needs to be done. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Try-it-out Tuesday: kimono with dress

gray fleece dress black floral kimono top red beads Haitian Beads teacher style teacher outfit

dress, Old Navy
kimono, DIY
necklace, Haitian Beads

    So far, I've stuck to styling this kimono top pretty simply, usually knotted in front with a plain tee and jeans. Last week, I decided to see how it would look worn full length and with a dress. I think I might prefer it with a solid black dress, but I did feel pretty in it - I enjoyed feeling the chiffon fluttering around me when I walked. I also got a few compliments from co-workers.

Haitian Beads red beads black floral kimono top gray fleece dress teacher style

      I like this dress, but I've realized that from now on, I will probably avoid dresses constructed with a seam running across my midsection. I find the seam itchy and irritating, not to mention that it makes me feel a little self-conscious about my middle.
      What clothing features are deal-breakers for you? 
    What clothing features are deal-breakers for you?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

navy and green and fun all over

navy dress green belt teacher style teacher outfit
dress, Old Navy
belt, Forever 21
earrings, etsy

   Some days, it's the little things ... like a dress in my favorite color, a fun belt, and a pair of bunny earrings (this outfit is from the week before Easter).

     What I think of as the Season of Holiday Earrings is over. It starts with Halloween, rolls through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day, then ends with Easter. I find that my seasonal earrings make people smile and add a little fun to a work outfit. I need to find more fun occasions to commemorate with earrings! And by fun, I mean food-related. A little idle Google searching has already turned up National Cookie Day (December 4th) and National Doughnut Day (the first Friday in June).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

happy colors and no way back

blue green dress yellow glass pendant teacher style
Threads 4 Thought dress, Off Fifth
 yellow glass pendant, gift

      I intended to wear this dress with a belt, but changed my mind because I thought it clashed with the pendant. As much as I enjoy the waist definition from a belt, nothing feels breezier than wearing an easy-fitting dress.
     I finished listening to an audiobook of C.S. Lewis' "The Last Battle" the other day, and my first reaction upon turning it off was: "bleh." I can't remember whether I ever read the entire series as a kid -- I'm pretty sure I did, but none of the plot sounded familiar. I did find some of the ideas he raised interesting, but didn't like his handling of certain characters. I'd like to do a little reading on the religious aspects of the Narnia books - I think it might soothe some of my dissatisfactions with the series, or at least cast them in a different light. I also realized that Lewis' world-building skills can't compare with other authors such as Neil Gaiman or Tolkien. Then again, Lewis may not have focused most of his energies on creating a captivating world, but rather on explicating his religious ideas.

yellow glass pendant blue green dress

        It's always interesting to revisit something I read and enjoyed in childhood. I had many fond memories of reading Elizabeth Enright's books as a child, and eagerly borrowed one of them in adulthood. Two pages in, I was stopped short by a racist comment about the Japanese. The book went straight back to the library. On the other hand, one book that has held up wonderfully is Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising." It draws on some great mythology - one of my childhood obsessions - and poignantly captures how a boy grows up when he learns the extraordinary role he must play in the battle against the Dark.

Monday, April 6, 2015

weekend wonderings

Indigo Rein jeans, Macy's
top, H&M
ear cuff, etsy
Born "Jassie" sandals, Ross clearance

   Most of my posts are work outfits, so I thought it'd be fun to post a weekend look for once. I didn't wear the sandals out but I put them on for a few photos, just to see how they'd look with the cuffed jeans. I like the idea of these sandals, but after looking at the photos I wonder whether they make my feet look big.  I like the top and jeans together (see below), but when I add in the sandals, the proportions seem a bit off. I think I'd need a shorter top if I was going to wear the jeans and sandals together. The pressing problems of style bloggers ... an easy weekend outfit triggers all kinds of scrutiny!

    One thing I definitely love about this outfit is the ear cuff. My husband doesn't get the appeal of the itty-bitty chains but I think they are very rockstar librarian.
      Something else I love is my freshly waxed brows. It makes such a difference. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015


floral pink red white jeans teacher style

Old Navy top, thrifted
same ol' jeans, Ross
Kenneth Cole earrings, from sis
     I try not to thrift brands like Old Navy or Forever 21, but I couldn't resist this print. I wasn't sure about the bare neckline and the ruffles, but again ... that print sucked me in. 

      I've been reaching for these hoop earrings a lot lately ... they're both sparkly but understated. My favorite part is that the back section is encrusted with sparkles, too. 
     While I'll be spending part of my long weekend finishing report cards, I do plan to do some relaxing. Monday was our 2-year wedding anniversary, and I'm looking forward to doing something to celebrate over the weekend.